TEACHING EXPERIENCE -- LEP adults in multi-lingual classes in academic English as a Second Language in programs at the university and community college level. Classes taught include: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Grammar; Basic and Intermediate Pronunciation Intermediate/Advanced Composition --OWNER: English Works, an ESL tutoring service in person and via Skype --CURRICULUM DEVELOPED: "Basic and Intermediate Pronunciation" for the English Language Institute at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. "Workplace ESL" - a vocational ESL curriculum which can be tailored to a specific work environment or delivered generically in an adult ESL program. My students have particularly liked the handouts I have designed which sometimes better present and clarify textbook material. I am offering those handouts individually in my store and as a collection in the book I've published: "Let's Look At It This Way!" TEACHING IN CHINA: I have taught three on-line ESL Methodology training sessions for Chinese English teachers at a college in Taiyuan; I have also been the "lead teacher" for the Short Comprehensive Summer English Program for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2015, 2016, 2017 (2-3 weeks each summer in Beijing)
Although I enjoy private tutoring because of a more student-driven agenda, I have also long enjoyed the creative challenges and regimen of a curriculum-driven agenda in an academic environment. I am a well-prepared and energetic instructor who emphasizes critical thinking in the language learning process and challenges students to be "language detectives". I have converted many of my grammar lessons to Power Point Presentations which seem to be effective learning aides for visual learners. I am myself a language student of Mandarin, so I respect the language learning process and try to make it as meaningful and efficient as possible for my students.
I received the award of Adjunct faculty member of the year for our Math/English Division at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2011. I teach ESL in the English Language Institute of the Division but was chosen among all the adjuncts teaching in the entire division.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara Master or Arts in Teaching - Bilingual & Multi-Cultural Education Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska
In 1992 and 1993, I was the team leader for two teams of educational volunteers into China (English Language Institute, China) to teach English to Chinese high school English teachers. We ran two summer programs where I gave lectures on ESL methodology and the other volunteers actually taught ESL classes. .In 2014, I published "Let's Look At It This Way!", a compilation of "student approved" reproducible handouts for adult Intermediate and Advanced level ESL students. These handouts supplement, consolidate, and clarify content in the textbooks used in our curriculum. My students have often used the handouts in regular classes and keep them for years later. I am currently working on my second book: Making My Amazing Happen (So You Think You Want to Teach English in China?). It sums up my five teaching trips to China and my three on-line methodology training sessions with Chinese English teachers. I've included reflections about the culture and ESL/EFL methodology.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Critical Thinking, Basic Reading, Writing, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Poetry, Informational Text, Vocational Education, Phonics